Family and Community - Be Prepared, Be Safe.

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Be Prepared. Be safe. 

Preparing Your Family and Community

Emergencies can happen at any time. As a citizen, knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is critical. While emergency workers will be on the scene after an emergency or disaster, they may not be able to reach you right away. It is up to you to prepare, so that when disaster strikes, you can respond.

Family Emergency Plan
The best way to make you and your family safer is by creating a Family Emergency Plan that outlines the step your household will take before, during and after an emergency.  This plan includes identifying local and out-of-state emergency contacts, planning your evacuation routes, preparing an emergency supply kit and ensuring all family members know what to do during an emergency. To assist you with creating your plan, Michigan has developed a Family Preparedness Guide that includes detailed information and simple steps on how to prepare your family, friends and pets before an emergency.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors 
Working with neighbors in an emergency can save lives and property.  Meet with your community members to plan how you can work together until help arrives.  If you are a member of a neighborhood association or crime watch group, introduce emergency preparedness as a new activity. Know your neighbors' special skills and consider how you can help those with special needs, such as people with disabilities and elderly persons.

The 7 Signs of Terrorism
Terrorist attacks have left many citizens concerned about the possibility of future incidents in the United States and their potential impact. However, citizens can reduce their stress and prepare for a potential terrorist incident by remaining vigilant and familiarizing themselves with the "7 Signs of Terrorism" video and flier.

If You See Something, Say Something
In support of the "7 Signs of Terrorism" and the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative, you can prepare for a terrorist attack by taking part in the "See Something, Say Something" campaign. The campaign is a program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism, crime, and other threats, while emphasizing the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper authorities.

Get Involved
Begin preparing for emergencies by getting involved in your community! Find out what training and events you can participate in to better prepare you before an emergency. Be sure to look into your local Citizen Corps classes for training in all-hazards emergency preparedness and resilience.

1. Prepare
Find out what you can do to prepare your family and community before an emergency.
2. Respond
Learn what you need to do during an emergency.

3. Recover
Discover ways you can help your loved ones recover after an emergency or disaster.